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[BANISHED] Freakcake #1 - Barrel-aged Oud Bruin Ale | Crux Fermentation Project

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[BANISHED] Freakcake #1 - Barrel-aged Oud Bruin Ale[BANISHED] Freakcake #1 - Barrel-aged Oud Bruin Ale

Brewed by:
Crux Fermentation Project
Oregon, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed to the Oud Bruin style with orange and lemon zest, then aged in Makers Mark barrels where the brewers added classic holiday fruits such as cranberries, figs, dates and raisins. Paying homage to the fruitcakes granny used to make with the only difference being, you won't want to re-gift this one!

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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Dantheman98
1.92/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Go to Belgium and learn to brew a real oud Bruin before you label it as such

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle on 12/31/18 in a New Belgium Tulip. It comes across rather sweet at this stage, darker fruits and apple. Good carb to it. Finish is the opposite of dry which isn't a bad thing to me. Overall very good beer at this age.

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Photo of EMV
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and waxed 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2016 edition, refrigerated since purchase.

L: Cloudy prune brown pour with surprisingly thick fluffy white head. Outstanding lacing.

S: Tart and funky... dark fruit, lemon peel, brown sugar, and apple-cider vinegar.

T/F: It's complicated. Nice and tart up front without being overtly sour... green fruit and lemon rind... barnyard and funk... dark cherry, plum, and dark sugars. Oak and vinegar... fig, raisin, and brett. Creamy carbonation... medium bodied... hides the ABV far too well.

O: A fantastic and complex beer. Great flavor and drinkability... just loved this one and wish I had a few more stashed away.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a murky root beer color with two fingers of tan foam; the head sticks around for about a minute, fading to a film and leaves a few spots that dribble down the glass

Smell: The Maker's Mark barrel can be smelled across the room but underneath there are tones of sour cherries, raisins, cranberries and figs; caramel malt and oak tones bring another dimension; tart vinegar tones and funky Brett completes the inherent complexity

Taste; Tart cherry, cranberry and fig forward, with a growing degree of leathery funk and oak building; through the middle, a combination of the Maker's Mark and the lemon tones launch the flavors in yet another direction, with hints of caramel emerging in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: A lot going on here - just a fascinating beer; not something to drink without some time to contemplate the complexity

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious! A very nice, rather mild but quite complex take on an Oud Bruin. The multi-layered fruit works very well with the style; there’s a lot to explore in the taste and the mouthfeel is elegant. I like the Brett tones, but they are pretty subtle. I think I’ll get a couple more bottles, cellar them for a year or two and see what happens!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor store - always a surprise to see this kinda stuff on tap, rather than in more sensible, i.e. smaller bottled offerings. Ah well.

This beer pours a murky, dark orange-brick brown colour, with one anemic finger of wispy and weakly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of splintered windshield lace around the glass as things slowly progress.

It smells of tart red berries, bready and doughy caramel malt, some musty earthiness, generic wine staves, further indistinct Mediterranean fruity notes, some mild old-school yeastiness, and very tame leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, spiced citrus flesh, wet wood, a further date/fig-esque fruitiness, cherry-forward red wine, musty yeast, and more very understated earthy, weedy, and gently soused-up floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite benign in its complacent-seeming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a foreboding sense of burbling alcohol ingress. It finishes off-dry, the malt and wood-tainted fruitiness lingering with the most panache.

Overall - this comes across as a decently rendered version of the style, with the barrel treatment thankfully lending more fruit than funk to the whole affair. It definitely has a feeling of 'old' to it, and I mean that in a good way. Add in the more or less integrated 21-proof wowee sauce component, and well, folks, we may have a winner on our hands here!

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CUBeerBuff
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briancathy
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ghrymm
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle. Bottled on tax day 2016.
A: Pours a off clear dark copper brown with a thin white head that stays with pretty much no lacing.
S: Complex fruits and wine notes nose,very cool nose for sure very earthy.
T: Dried dark cherry at the start sweet raisins and dates with woody notes.
F: Not heavy at all and not to sweet nice carbonation rather clean.
O; well a huge change for me i like this a lot but a slow drinking one. Try One.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on tax day 2016.

Just when I get the wax and cap off, I find a damn cork!

Despite being in the fridge for days and carefully decanting, it pours a murky brown. Light tan head has a thin ring of retention, which shows a little lace.

Sour and oaky, with some cherry and robust red wine-like aroma.

The barrel seems to have spoiled this one, with a soured oak flavour. Strangely reminiscent of canned cranberries.

Body is somewhat powdery and acidic, with a very drying alcohol finish.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Natural Provisions, Williston, VT.
Back of the bottle reads: Bottled on "Tax Day, 2016."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark brown color allowing no light to penetrate. A finger's worth of white foamy head sat atop of the beer and slid off at a decent pace. Mild stringy lace formed and slid into the beer.
The aroma started with some red wine, light sweet clean driftwood, mild allspice, light clean earthiness, a little zip from some citrus, black cherry skin and flesh, slight sour with a touch of tart and bitter.
The flavor charged with the sour cherry skin initially and developed a nice blend of the tart and the sweet wood. Citrusy cling seems to not be as clingy here, way fainter. Somewhat sticky sort of sweet to sour to tart and woody to cherry like aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine, perhaps a bit lower, but that didn't bother me as there's some woody dryness inflecting it's due course along my tongue. ABV felt as projected by the brewer.
Overall, despite being aged a bit, this turned out absolutely wonderful, a fine gem well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of FFreak
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into tall tulip. Great beer! Nice semi-transparent dark cherry color with a tall, blocky head that leaves a bit of lace. Cherry, dark fruit, caramel and vanilla in the nose. Taste follows nose and is wonderful. There is not a heavy bret nor barrel influence, but just a really well balanced and creamy dark fruit and cherry character. Mouth is just about right. Overall, although quite expensive, a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Growler Guys, Meridian ID.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with minimal head. Aromas of cherries, oak, and vanilla sweetness are prevalent; there is some of that lemony/lacto/vinegar character as well. Leads with the vanilla and fruity sweetness, with a medium amount of lemony tartness. Finishes with some dryness. Medium bodied.

Lots of great flavors, but for a Flanders I would like to see more tartness.

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Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique bottle info: 2016 [BANISHED] SERIES BOTTLED ON TAX DAY, 2016

Tawny, dark copper colored body; thick, creamy, light tan head. Malty, roasted grain scent; some sourness. Subdued dark grain sweetness; traces of brown sugar; tart, cherry-like undertones. Heavy body; sour; interesting blend of grapefruit-like coarseness and cocoa-like smoothness on the palate.

A delightful oud bruin presenting smooth, milk sugar sweetness and smoothness with a touch of cocoa depth nicely blending some wild brett funk to liven things up.

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Photo of krdhawk
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very deep dark brown with dark red highlights. Surpisingly, very clean and clear. A thin tan creamy looking head stays around the rim.

A: Upon opening, I was welcomed with a burst of vinegary and sweet and spiced goodness filling the air five feet all around. Smells of fig, sour cherries, and sweet Belgian candi sugar. Oddly, the aroma seems to disappear a bit after a while, but adopts a bit of an iron metallic aroma.

T: Figgy fruitiness dominates, a good tart cherry and cranberry follows, and ends with a sticky sweet molasses. Absolutely wonderful.

F: Medium bodied, good overall acidity, a mild carbonation that seems stronger due to the sour qualities, smooth and a tad oily. Coats the mouth throughout.

O: I believe I have a new favorite from the fine freaks at Crux. This Oud Bruin is true to style yet unique enough to stand out and shine. Cheers!

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Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DamienI
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lighthabit
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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[BANISHED] Freakcake #1 - Barrel-aged Oud Bruin Ale from Crux Fermentation Project
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 135 ratings